Instagram and YouTube have made it easier than ever to connect with skincare lovers, trendsetters, and even dermatologists to learn about groundbreaking treatments that keep your skin healthy and glowing. It’s easier than ever to learn tips and tricks, buy new products, or fall down a “Before and After” rabbit hole. But not everyone on these platforms is an expert and many may not have your best interests at heart. We asked Apostrophe dermatologist Dr. Mamina Turegano about the trends she advises her patients to avoid.
Filler, filler everywhere
Injectables constitute some of the most fun and satisfying videos to watch on Instagram, but Dr. Turegano warns against fillers and other cosmetic procedures not performed by a properly trained physician. “A lot of people are getting filler injections to enhance volume in their face. If you are thinking of having a cosmetic procedure done, I would look into who is performing the procedure and their level of experience,” she says. “Make sure you are seeing a board-certified dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon because they have had formal training in facial anatomy and the techniques to avoid placing filler in the ‘danger zones.’ There are high risks with getting filler injections including necrosis of the skin and blindness. Yes, blindness. These unfortunate risks are more reported in those who are not board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons.” Although it may seem simple, easy, and cheap to get injections at a Botox party, it’s always better to know exactly who is injecting you and how much experience they have!
Not all oils are created equal
Contrary to what you may have heard, coconut oil can’t be used for everything! Dr. Turegano notes, “They [facial oils] may have their role, and I'm also all about using products with minimal ingredients and allergens, but oils in general can be pore-clogging, potentially causing breakouts, or it can aggravate yeast growth on the skin.” Additionally, there’s no way to predict how your skin may react to a specific oil (apart from trial and error). Dr. Turegano says she “usually steers patients away to avoid the potential negative effects.”
Hang on to your hard-earned cash
Your money is important to you, and Dr. Turegano knows this. She advises, “Before you drop a few hundred bucks at Sephora, or companies that sound like ‘rode in and feels’, please see your local dermatologist for advice on where to start and how to most wisely invest your money. There are some strongly recommended, highly effective, dermatologist-approved over-the-counter products that won't break the bank.” A doctor can tell you what will work and what won’t based on clinical experience and data, and you won’t have to trust in marketing claims on the bottle.
It’s always best to consult a dermatologist before investing your time, money, and energy in a fad that may be harmful for your health. Make sure you do your research before doing it for the ‘gram.
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